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GT - Battery relocation to the boot.

Hi All,

Has anyone moved the battery into the boot of their GT? It seems most jobs I need to do on the GT under the bonnet involve removing the battery and tray and it would save so much time if it was out the way.

My GT has the fix and go kit so no spare wheel. I know the boot has an electronic release, is their a manual override I could use in the event the battery dies in place?

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I believe that Editor has moved his battery into the rear of his GT?

So its definitely possible and probably something worth doing, even if just to balance out the weight slightly better. Plus as you said, it will give you more space when working on the car as well.
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is their a manual override I could use in the event the battery dies in place?
From inside yes. Offside, just behind the light cluster is a red (at least in mine) pull string for manual boot release.
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How long does it take to remove the battery and tray? 5 minutes? Air hose off, 30 seconds. Battery out, 1 minute. Bolts out from underneath tray (you only need to loosen the awkward one) a minute. Faffing around with the small bolt at the front, a minute.

It would take you the best part of a day to do a battery move properly, how many times are you planning on taking the battery out? If it is less than about 200 times, leave it where it is!
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How long does it take to remove the battery and tray? 5 minutes? Air hose off, 30 seconds. Battery out, 1 minute. Bolts out from underneath tray (you only need to loosen the awkward one) a minute. Faffing around with the small bolt at the front, a minute.



It would take you the best part of a day to do a battery move properly, how many times are you planning on taking the battery out? If it is less than about 200 times, leave it where it is!

To get the metal tray out ...the fusebox needs to come out too


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I believe that Editor has moved his battery into the rear of his GT?
Nope, not me

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How long does it take to remove the battery and tray? 5 minutes? Air hose off, 30 seconds. Battery out, 1 minute. Bolts out from underneath tray (you only need to loosen the awkward one) a minute. Faffing around with the small bolt at the front, a minute.
Yea really not that long at all.. Top hose stays in place when I take mine out... +ve terminal fuses off with 1 bolt and a screw... Battery hold down another bolt, battery and tray liner lift straight out... <5 mins already...

A small amount of faff getting the front fuse-box disconnected from the tray, then 3 or 4 bolts for the battery tray itself...

I'd say maybe 10-15 mins for that as a weekend warrior...

I've got a new MAF-Turbo hose in the post arriving soon which will require the batt out, so maybe I'll time myself and see how long it takes to get the battery tray out...

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A friend of mine relocated his 156 V6 battery to where the Bose sub / amp sits... It works a treat and looks the business - the engine bay is SO much more neat now

http://www.arcop.co.za/gallery/001%2...e/IMG_6184.jpg

My Racer battery is behind the passenger seat as I wanted it as low as possible:

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/attac...6&d=1461486125

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How long does it take to remove the battery and tray? 5 minutes? Air hose off, 30 seconds. Battery out, 1 minute. Bolts out from underneath tray (you only need to loosen the awkward one) a minute. Faffing around with the small bolt at the front, a minute.

It would take you the best part of a day to do a battery move properly, how many times are you planning on taking the battery out? If it is less than about 200 times, leave it where it is!
Don't forget you also have to recalibrate the Windows everytime you disconnect the battery (another minute) and the ECU has to relearn its self learning parameters which means for the next 200 miles you are approx 20% down on MPG. Also the rubbish battery terminals Alfa use only seam to last being disconnected around 10 times before they start to collapse on themselves and need replacing.

In the case of the GT v6, you need a 175mm tall battery which can be hard to find and if you fit a more comon 190mm tall battery then the inlet pipe is under a lot of strain.

And finally, moving the battery will change the weight distribution of the car and improve the handling. Especially good in a nose heavy v6.

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.... and the ECU has to relearn its self learning parameters which means for the next 200 miles you are approx 20% down on MPG. .....
No it doesn't, all self-learned parameters are retained without battery, specifically for that reason...
They can only be reset via OBD
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